Hello Lovelies, today I have for you anther review of blemish fighting products. I feel that acne is becoming the main topic of this week’s posts :) and rightly so as it is an important topic, and one close to my heart. Rodan & Fields Proactiv Solution is a range of skincare products designed to help clear blemishes and help prevent future breakouts from forming. I’ve bought and tested two products:
- Repairing Night Lotion – formulated with Salicylic Acid, Retinol, Vitamins D and E lightweight lotion designed to prevent breakouts, balance skin tone and reduce pores.
- Refining Mask – deep-cleansing mask with Sulphur and Kaolin that penetrates and clears pores, soothes the skin and has general anti-acne properties.
So are these any good? Well yes and no. Both products work but do not deliver the brand promise of ‘clearing your skin completely’. I’ve used the lotion every day and it helped to heal and reduce existing breakouts slightly but in a long run did not prevent new pimples. The combination of Salicylic Acid and Retinol is a potent one and caused some dryness as expected. Nothing major though. The mask is ok, it helped to dry and reduce existing breakouts but I wasn’t overly impressed. It smells like sulphur and the smell lingers after you wash it off! So be prepared to smell like you’ve just been to hell and back… :)
What worries me about these is an awfully long list of ingredients. I’ve consulted DR Google and this is what I found:
- ‘butylphenyl methylpropional’ (synthetic fragrance. A skin irritant, its use is restricted in both leave-on and wash-off products because of its powerful sensitisation potential. In animals, skin applications at high concentrations caused sperm damage and CNS effects such as drowsiness and breathing difficulties),
- ‘alpha-isomethyl ionone’ (synthetic fragrance. Causes skin sensitisation and CNS disruption),
- ‘citronellol’ (synthetic fragrance. Known to be powerful allergen and sensitizer).
Sounds bad, right? I’ve checked some of my beauty products and to be honest some of them (even those over 90% natural) contain one or more of these ingredients. So you’ll have to do your own research to decide how serious it is.
Proactive range is available in the UK here, the cheapest set containing 4 full-size products will cost you £39.98. However, you can easily buy individual products on eBay for under a tenner each. (When shopping on eBay always buy sealed products!) I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you’ve ever tried Proactiv range? Did it work for you?
*Guide to some of the most common cosmetic ingredients can be found here.